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2:50 PM ET, January 1, 2017


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald J. Trump, expressing lingering skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian interference in the election, said on Saturday evening that he knew “things that other people don't know” about the hacking …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump: I 'know things that other people don't know' about hacking  —  declared Saturday that he knows “things that other people don't know” about Russian hacking allegations, suggesting FBI and CIA reports leave room for doubt over Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
John A. Farrell / New York Times:
Nixon's Vietnam Treachery  —  Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest suspicions and the most cause for outrage at his successor's rumored treachery.  To them all, Nixon insisted that he had not sabotaged Johnson's 1968 peace initiative …
Dave Burke / Daily Mail:
Terrorist caught on CCTV dressed as Father Christmas shoots 35 dead and wounds 40 in Istanbul celebrity nightclub as terrified New Year's Eve revellers dive into Bosphorus to survive  — Nightclub owner Mehmet Kocarslan said security had been stepped up after US intelligence warnings
Washington Post:   Manhunt underway after massacre at Istanbul nightclub, officials say
Chris Graham / Telegraph:
Istanbul terror attack: 35 killed as gunman ‘dressed as Santa’ opens fire at nightclub in Turkey
Washington Post:   Gunman kills at least 35 in New Year's attack on Istanbul nightclub
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Trump advisers want Netanyahu to attend inauguration  —  President-elect Donald Trump's advisers want to invite Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to the inauguration or arrange a meeting of the two leaders before then, a source close to the transition said.
The Hottest Year on Record?  A lot of hot air, more like  —  Booker's on form today: … 12/31/americas-new-president-will-put- end-obamas-flight-reality/
Discussion: Telegraph
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Gingrich Says Biggest Worry About Trump Administration is That They Might ‘Lose Their Nerve’  —  Less than three weeks before the presidential inauguration, leading Trump ally Newt Gingrich said his biggest worry about the incoming administration is that they will “lose their nerve.”
Discussion: The Week
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Confessions of a Columnist  —  EVERY January I write a column exploring my faulty analysis and failed prophecies from the preceding year.  After last year's installment, in which I explained how I had underestimated a certain celebrity tycoon, I received a note from Trump Tower …
CBS Los Angeles:
Vandal Changes Famed Hollywood Sign Overnight To Read ‘Hollyweed’  —  HOLLYWOOD ( — Authorities say someone managed to modify the famed Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed” in an overnight act of trespass.  —  Sgt. Trudeau of Security Services says the incident unfolded around midnight Sunday …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal editors take on Trump and the media  —  The top editors for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal expressed wariness over the incoming president-elect's respect for the First Amendment.  —  In a special NBC “Meet the Press” episode devoted …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Van Jones: ‘The Clinton days are over’  —  Washington (CNN)The Clinton family's grip on the Democratic Party has come to an end and it's time for a new generation of leadership to lead the party, CNN political commentator Van Jones said.  —  “You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Trump's Incoming Press Secretary Questions Whether Obama's Russia Sanctions Are Out of ‘Proportion’  —  President-elect Donald Trump's incoming White House press secretary questioned whether President Obama's actions against Russia for an alleged cyberattack on Democratic political organizations may be out of “proportion.”
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-1-17: Sean Spicer and Rep. Adam Schiff  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on January 1, 2017 and it will be updated.  —  JONATHAN KARL: Sean Spicer, the incoming White House communications director and press secretary, in his first Sunday show interview since …
Discussion: Politico
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Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Great Unraveling  —  European policy on Russia is beginning …
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Discussion: Infowars
Deutsche Welle / DW.COM:
Merkel: ‘We are stronger than terrorism’
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
What Happened to Rock Music?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Lessons From the Media's Failures in Its Year With Trump
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump kicks biographer off golf course
Discussion: Mediaite and Harry Hurt III
Colleen Wilson /
Shooting in Mount Vernon on New Year's Eve
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
WATCH: Singer caught screaming hate against ‘perverted’ gays - just days before her appearance on Ellen
Discussion: theGrio